UPDATED 6:40 PM PT – Friday, April 23, 2021
Actor Matthew McConaughey received sound advice about running for Texas governor from President George W. Bush.
In an interview on Thursday, the former president said the actor should ignore the critics if he decides to run for office.
Last month, McConaughey floated the idea of a gubernatorial bid for the Lone Star State, a position Bush held prior to becoming president.
Bush said he met McConaughey one time, and called him charismatic.
“I’ll tell you what though, he’s charismatic. Now whether or not he can put up with all the noise, all the rubber chicken circus, you know all the stuff that goes on,” the 43rd president said. “The criticism can be pretty harsh, Hugh, and the question would be, does he have a set of principles firm enough to not worry about what the critics say?”
A poll released this month showed McConaughey ahead of current Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) by 12 percent in a hypothetical race.